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News Update: 13.09.17

The Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup 

The British summer made an appearance for the semi-finals of the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup on Friday 8th September. The perfect weather for polo, visitors flocked to Chester Polo Club to see the four teams battle it out. Picnics in hand, general admission guests came fully prepared for a fun day out.

The independent retailers received a fantastic response, offering everything from delicious cupcakes from Mama Cupcakes to luxury dog accessories from Hugo and Otto and polo themed gifts from Roxon’s Polo.

Guests in the Hospitality Marquee were welcomed with a glass of Laurent-Perrier and were invited to see collections from Boodles and Patek Philippe before taking their seats for a welcome from Polo Commentator Karl Ude-Martinez.

Once settled, guests were served a three-course lunch by catering and event creatives, Horseradish. The menu included pressed, slowly cooked ham hock, served with a lightly pickled vegetable salad, followed by roast chicken with herb gremolata with a cassoulet of haricot beans, brassicas, and root vegetables. To finish there was a classic glazed lemon tart, topped with mascarpone cream, broken meringue and berry compote.

After lunch, guests were welcomed onto the decking to see the Semi-Finals. Two thrilling games lead to a triumph for team Controlled Solution Group and team Laurent-Perrier. Between chukkas, guests were welcomed onto the pitch to take part in the polo tradition of stomping the divots.

Unfortunately due to bad weather the Finals of the Roodee Challenge Cup were canceled for the health and safety of players.

But this didn’t stop visitors from having fun. Families came down to Chester Polo Club with an impressive collection of picnics and picnic blankets and took part in some of the free activities. Live music sets from Chester performers Alx Green and Chris Barnes went down well with visitors, as did the free face painting and traditional lawn games. Visiting from Manchester, the Square Pegs horse trailer was well received by little ones, who took part in mask making and t-shirt screen printing. Local photo booth, Old Bean was also extremely popular, with groups striking a pose in the green horse trailer.

Chester Polo Club dates have now been confirmed for 2018.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September

Tickets will be on sale soon.

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News Update: 29.08.17

Polo News

News Update: 19.08.17

Strike a pose! 

The super cool Old Bean Photo Booth will be at Chester Polo again for the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup on the 9 September. Families are invited to sit on their lovely green velvet sofa and get a fun picture taken using a prop from their fun box of tricks. After posing, you'll get a print out to take home and be entered into a prize draw to win return tickets to the Polo in 2018! 

Tickets for Saturday 9 September are just £8 for adults and under 18's go free! 

Click here for tickets 

Polo News

News Update: 17.08.17

Square Pegs to attend the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup 

We are delighted to have collaborated with Manchester based, trendy kids company, Square Pegs. On Saturday 9 September, their colourful trailer will be pitching up at Chester Polo. Between Chukkas little ones will be invited to screen print their very own t-shirt or decorate their own horse masks. 

In addition to the crafty fun with Square Pegs there will be a selection of lawn games to get involved with, live acoustic music, face painting and more! There will also be a number of pop-up shops for grown-ups to enjoy! 

Tickets for Saturday 9 September are just £8 for adults and under 18's go free! 

Click here for tickets 

Polo News

News Update: 10.08.17

Chester Polo After Party 

Celebrate the end of the Chester Polo Season with us on the Roof at 1539. Enjoy a welcome cocktail or glass of rose wine from our friends at Chase Distillery. Sign up to gain access to the exclusive guest list here.

Polo News

News Update: 03.08.17

Pop Up Shopping Village at The Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup 

We are delighted to be working with a number of independent traders this year at the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup. Showcasing their newest collections and unique products, including boutique brands, tasty delights and handmade crafts.

Hoity Toity Festive Glories 
Elves of the Wood Lula Bo
Chester Grosvenor JOTT
Health & Beauty with Caroline Stella & Dot
Mama Cupcakes  Turmeaus Tobacco 
Roxtons  

If you are an independent trader and are interested in a pitch at the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup, please apply by emailing Jamie Thomas, jamiethomas@chester-races.com.

 

Polo News

News Update: 20.07.17

Hospitality Marquee now sold out for Friday 8 September 

Our exclusive Hospitality Marquee is now sold out for the first day of the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup on Friday 8 September.  

There is limited availability on Saturday 9 September, where guests will be welcomed with a glass of prosecco on arrival and a sumptuous two-course buffet will be served at midday. The much anticipated final game kicks off at roughly 2pm. After this, the winning team will be applauded in a champagne-soaked presentation, where guests and sponsors can congratulate the winning players and toast to their success! Hospitality badges are available from just £62 + VAT per person. 

Due to this high demand for Friday 8 September, Chester Polo Club has announced a new offering. Guests will be able to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our new Tipi Garden and see all of the thrilling polo action, pitch side.

The new enclosure will offer a delicious BBQ menu and a private bar serving refreshing premium drinks. The stylish but comfortable setting will offer the ideal opportunity for corporate entertaining or celebrate the late summer sun with friends for £75 per person*. Please note that tickets for this new exclusive enclosure are limited and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. 

For more information about hospitality at the Polo or to book a table in one of our enclosures, please contact 01244 304 631

* Prices are per person and are + VAT at the current prevailing rate.

Polo News

News Update : 10.07.17

New Hospitality Offering

Celebrate the end of the polo season at Chester Polo Club on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September. Tickets are selling fast and spaces in our premium hospitality marquee are already sold out.

Due to this high demand, Chester Polo Club has announced a new offering on Friday 8th September. Guests will be able to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of their new tipi garden and see all of the thrilling polo action, pitch side.

The new enclosure will offer a delicious BBQ menu and a private bar serving refreshing premium drinks. The stylish but comfortable setting will offer the ideal opportunity for corporate entertaining or celebrating the late summer sun with friends for £75 per person*.

Tickets for this new exclusive enclosure are limited, for more information or to book a table, please contact 01244 304  631

* Prices are per person and are + VAT at the current prevailing rate.

Polo News

News Update : 07.07.17

 

Chester Polo Club Invite Independent Traders to the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup on the 8th & 9th September

Chester Polo Club are calling out to independent traders to exhibit their products and services at the annual polo tournament on the 8th and 9th September. The two-day event is well known in the North West polo circuit and will see four teams battle it out for the converted £10,000 prize money. Attracting locals down to the Racecourse for a relaxed afternoon to see one of the oldest team sports.

If you are an independent trader and are interested in a pitch at the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup, please apply by emailing Jamie Thomas, jamiethomas@chester-races.com.

Polo News

News Update : 06.03.17

The Sport of Kings makes a Triumphant Return to Chester Racecourse with the LDF International Polo

On Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June, Chester Polo Club held its first annual polo tournament of the season in partnership with local finance provider, LDF.

The two-day tournament saw four Cheshire teams battle it out on the Roodee for the coveted LDF International trophy and £10,000 prize money. Teams included LDF, Laurent-Perrier, 7 Harrington Street Chambers and Chase Vodka. The six goal teams provided a thrilling performance to the crowds in the hospitality marquee and general admission area.

The finals match on Saturday 3 June saw LDF and 7 Harrington St Chambers battle it out on the pitch and it was a close match with team LDF pushing into the lead in the final chukka.

The victorious team were congratulated by the crowds and presented with their well-deserved prize by LDF Managing Director, Peter Alderson.

Operations Director at LDF, Kat Applewhite said; “We were delighted to sponsor our fourth consecutive year of the LDF International Polo at Chester Polo Club. It was a great event and despite the rain on Friday we all had a wonderful time over the two days. Well done to Team LDF who won the tournament - you certainly gave us an extra reason to celebrate!”

During the presentation, Finch Insurance Broker presented the Most Valuable Player prize to Henry Smith who performed exceptionally over the two day event.

Spectators enjoyed picnics and a host of free family entertainment on Saturday 3 June, with the sunshine adding to what was a great day out for all. Between chukkas, all were invited to tread the divots on the pitch. The tradition featured in the film Pretty Woman was made even more exciting with the chance to win a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne if a hidden silver champagne cork was found. The divot stomping competition was sponsored by Docutech Solutions. 

The tournament helped to raise £2,600 for LDF’s nominated charity, Welsh Air Ambulance, with generous donations from the public in exchange for having a go at swinging a stick on the ‘have a go polo’ wooden horse.

The polo will be returning to the Roodee on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September, with the Roodee Challenge Cup. Tickets for the tournament can now be purchased from the Racecourse Box Office, 01244 304 600 or online, chester-races.com/polo.

 

 

Polo News

News Update : 17.05.17

The Sport of Kings Returns to Chester 

The polo returns to Chester Racecourse in 2017, with the LDF International Tournament on the 2nd and 3rd June and the Roodee Challenge Cup on the 8th and 9th September.

Both events offer the perfect opportunity to gather family and friends to enjoy one of the most thrilling team sports live in action. On the second day of each event there will be a fun for all the family with a host of free activities to enjoy.

For visitors looking for an extra special polo experience, Chester’s luxurious hospitality marquee offers just the thing. Guests are invited to a brief introduction to the game of polo followed by delicious lunch. After dining, guests are invited to take a seat on the picket fenced terrace, offering a front row seat to the action. Badges for the hospitality marquee start from £62 + VAT per person, to purchase badges please call 01244 304 631 or email jbyrne@chester-races.com.

General admission entry is free on the first day of each event and just £8 on the second day and can be purchased here. Children aged 17 and under go free to all Chester Polo events.